Canal at Roundhouse Farm Planning Application
Cotswold Canals Trust has recently submitted a planning application for the reinstatement of a missing section of canal at Marston Meysey towards the eastern end of the canal. We need your support to ensure that it is successful.
14th December deadline
The deadline for submission is 14th December but we would encourage you to register your support as soon as possible so as to raise its profile.
This 1km section of canal was flattened and lost; probably in the 1950s and 60s. In the 1980s, the area was proposed for gravel extraction and the Trust and many individuals made representations seeking the canal to be reinstated as part of the post quarrying restoration.
Roundhouse Farm, Marston Meysey
As a result, Condition 39 of the minerals quarrying planning permission for Roundhouse Farm stated that:
“Within one month of this permission being implemented details regarding the proposed programme of restoration work to be carried out in relation to the Thames and Severn Canal shall be submitted for approval.”
Many years later and now with quarrying coming to an end, this condition has still not been fulfilled. One of the reasons being given by Wiltshire Council is that the canal itself does not have planning permission. The application seeks to remove this excuse.
The timing is important as there is a real risk that the quarry site will be restored with no canal across it.
Core Policy 53 of the Wiltshire Core Strategy states that the restoration and reconstruction of the Wilts and Berks and Thames and Severn canals as navigable waterways is supported in principle.
Please write, email or use the Wiltshire Planning portal to register your support for the Cotswold Canals planning application (details below).
There have been a series of issues surrounding our attempts to secure Condition 39 and it is important that a very strong message is sent to Wiltshire Council that this really matters to people and not just those who live within Wiltshire.
Please always quote the planning reference number: 17/10231/FUL
If the link does not work for any reason, just search for Wiltshire Planning and when you find the link to the main planning webpage.
Click on the “Search planning applications” link and “Search by planning application number” and enter 17/10231/FUL .
The full details of the application are available to be viewed online if you wish to do so.
If you prefer to send in an email, remember to quote the application number.
Click here to send an email: Developmentmanagement@wiltshire.gov.uk
If you prefer to post in your support, please use the following address:
Chippenham, SN15 1ER
Tel: 0300 456 0114